It’s Abbott’s fault. And Rudd’s fault. Simon Crean (now) thinks it is the continued speculation about Gillard’s leadership
I think the circuit breaker is getting focused, unified, on message, and talking about the initiatives that we have in place. I think that the Labor party model of changing leadership every time there is a bad poll is broken and discredited, it happened when I was the leader, it’s happened since. What you can’t have is a belief in the revolving door of leadership as the salvation of your position in the public arena. You’ve got to be out and argue your case.
The poll is a
wake up call
and the government needs a
Bill Shorten says that the problem is a lack of unity
I think every Labor MP understands the value of unity. And I know from my own conversations with plenty of people that we are united in terms of supporting Julia Gillard as leader. We have to be true to ourselves. I believe Julia Gillard is a tough leader for tough times.
Tony Abbott says that Labor’s problems stem from the faceless men
The faceless men got rid of Kevin Rudd. Now the faceless men are looking at getting rid of Julia Gillard. I think it’s time we got rid of the faceless men
Other excuses have been proposed, including poor communication of the government’s policies, the public’s inability to understand Labor’s wonderful policies, an obsession with polls and twitter (according to Conroy) – basically a whole lot of exogenous factors.
But the one thing that is not offered as an excuse – and the one thing that is most likely to be true – is the monumental failure and utter incompetence of the Gillard / Swan government. This Government has poor policies, poorly delivered. It is the poster-child of extreme incompetence. No amount of sugar-coating can change the reality – the Government is filled with a bunch of egotistical and inept men and women who are unfit for office. Most would be overpromoted as APS6 officers in the Australian public service.